$4 Million Newport News Malpractice Verdict Settles for $1.8 Million

Settlement for $1.8 million was reached in a medical malpractice lawsuit where the jury this June awarded $4 million against an emergency room doctor. While that sounds like a major compromise, there is a cap on medical malpractice awards in Virginia, so the actual verdict after the cap was $1.8 million.

Plaintiff’s Virginia medical malpractice lawyers alleged that a doctor misdiagnosed their 25-year-old client’s heart condition. Plaintiff’s condition was eventually diagnosed by doctors at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.

This case had complications in discovery because of a problem I have discussed before: one lawyer representing all of the doctors (you can find the details in this article on the case). Defense medical malpractice lawyers love when doctors lock hands and sing “all for one, one for all.” The problem is that this invariably leads to conflicts when the doctors could very easily point at each other.